Shaggy Inkcap - Coprinus comatus

    Alternative names
    Lawyer's Wig

    Usually up to 10 cm tall, occasionally more. Egg shaped when young, becoming bell shaped. The young cap is white with darker flaky scales. As it becomes older it begins to turn inky (deliquesces) from the outer rim of the cap inwards.

    Identification difficulty

    It occurs in meadows, woods and roadside verges

    When to see it

    Found from late summer to autumn

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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